In April, Peak Veterinary Specialists in Windsor plans to expand to a new 8,200-square-foot facility and install a 4,500-pound, 16-slice CT scanner, which owners say will allow the clinic to accommodate more patients and provide a greater level of care.
“We can accommodate so many more patients,” co-owner and veterinarian Jennifer Pearson said March 21. “We’re kind of bursting at the seams right now. Patient care is excellent right now, but it will let us improve on patient care.”
The new facility, located east of Interstate 25 and Colo. 392 at 4650 Royal Vista Circle, is about 100 feet north of the clinic’s current 3,000-square-foot facility, co-owner Richard Dunning said. He said the clinic decided to expand into the building previously owned by Guarantee Bank because the business had outgrown its current building.
The clinic, which opened in 2008, offers multi-specialty and emergency veterinary services 24 hours per day. The clinic’s 30 staff members specialize in various specialties of veterinary medicine, including internal medicine, oncology, ultrasound technology, surgery, dentistry, anesthesiology, critical care and emergency.
Pearson said the new CT scanner will allow the clinic to more accurately diagnose animals and cut down on the amount of time they are sedated for the procedure. While the scanner will be used for animals, Pearson said it’s basically the same machine you can find scanning people in most hospitals.
“We got quite a deal on it,” Pearson said of the CT scanner, which she said costs $400,000 for a new machine. “As a specialty hospital, it’s almost essential to have a CT scanner.”
She said the scanner can be used in many different specialties the clinic provides. The scanner won’t be a money-maker for the clinic, she said, but will help the clinic provide better patient care.
“It’s kind of like a cell phone,” she said. “If you don’t have a cell phone, you can get by. But if you do have a cell phone, you use it all the time.”
She said to pay for the scanner, the clinic needs to do about seven CT scans per month, however, Pearson said the clinic expects to three to five scans each week.
“It’s really fast,” she said. “It does high resolution. It gives very detailed pictures, and we can hopefully just use sedation, but it’s very fast compared to needing general anesthesia … If we needed to do something from a zoo, like a tiger or something like that, we could do that.”
The expansion also will make room for the clinic to have a blood bank for cats and dogs to hold packed red blood cells, whole blood and plasma. Pearson said the clinic also has plans to add more specialists, like a cardiologist, in the future.